Places To Add Swashes To Your Letters

Places To Add Swashes To Your Letters
July 6, 2016 Daniel Palacios

Are you having a hard time deciding where to place swashes or knowing when to add them to your lettering composition?

Let me reassure you that you’re not alone. I’ve been in your shoes and my goal is to make the process less frustrating with this post.

In case you’re not sure what a swash is; it’s an extension of a terminal, leg, tail, ascender, descender, crossbar or an entry/exit stroke. You can read some of the tips I wrote for adding them to your lettering to get caught up.

In this live stream tutorial, I’m going to show you some basic examples of swashes and places where you can add them to your lettering. There aren’t any hard rules to follow, just some things you need to look out for as you’re sketching.

These are just some of the common swashes I’ve used or encountered.

Watch Periscope Replay

I decided last-minute to host a live lettering session covering this topic on Periscope because I thought you could get a lot more out seeing the process on video versus scanned images.

Things covered:

  • Examples of swashes using a brush pen
  • How I set up my tracing paper with the practice sheets
  • Questions and answers
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